Eden Hazard missed Real Madrid’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to RCD Mallorca on Saturday afternoon due to the birth of his fourth child, but he is now available for the club’s trip to Galatasaray in the Champions League tonight, per Marca.
Los Blancos fell to their first league defeat of the campaign on Saturday and now slip to second in La Liga, behind rivals Barcelona by a point.
Hazard’s career in Spain is yet to take off, with the Belgian finding the net just once so far – in the 4-2 win over Granada prior to the international break – but has been unfortunate with injuries, missing three games at the start of the campaign with a hamstring complaint (via Transfermarkt).
The 28-year-old will be looking to open his account in the Champions League for Real, having featured in both of the club’s European matches against Paris Saint-Germain and Club Brugge to no avail.
Los Blancos are still awaiting their first win in the UCL this term, so they desperately need to register something against Galatasaray – the only other side in the group with just a single point to their name so far.
Zinedine Zidane’s men are currently rock-bottom of Group A but could overtake Gala by defeating them and would move into second place if they did, should Club Brugge get beaten by current leaders PSG in the group’s other fixture.
Having Hazard back will serve as a huge boost to Madrid. The ex-Chelsea playmaker has started slowly at the Bernabeu but did score a goal and register an assist against Granada before the international break, so he will be keen to build on that performance with another solid display in Turkey.
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